Solitude and Silence

What is Solitude & Silence? Solitude is an active, intentional, and deliberate time away from people/society and toward life with God. Solitude sets us free from the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that often bind us. “There is freedom to be alone, not in order to be away from people but in order to hear the divine whisper.” – Richard Foster …

Mourning into Dancing

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever!” – Psalm 30:11-12   So now you find yourself back in that familiar slump. You’re staying in your house …

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear What does fear mean to you? For a lot of us, especially now, it is an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that something is dangerous and likely to cause pain or a threat. Fear takes on different elements and comes at life’s most unpredictable moments. Currently, COVID-19 has caused us to have fear over the unknown future, …

Why We Chose to Foster and Adopt

There’s a movie called Instant Family about a couple that opens their world to foster care and adoption. When the movie starts, they think it will be an easy journey, but they quickly realize just how difficult life as a foster parent can be. There’s a pivotal scene in the movie where everything goes sideways in a Wal-Mart. One child hides under a shopping cart while another …

Changing our Name

When you start something, you never know how it’s going to grow or change.  That is true of Brentwood Church.  The name Brentwood came from a street sign a mile or so from the rural church building we launched from in February 1999, so the title was at best geographical, but mostly random.      Yet today, the name has been …